A NEW fuel depot and HGV park is set to be set up in an industrial estate.

Braintree Council has given Neil Rimmer planning permission to convert a site at the front of 10 Crittall Drive, Braintree.

The site will be home to six 125,000 litre fuel tanks, parking for up to 11 HGV tankers and a new office space.

According to the blueprints submitted by Mr Rimmer, the office will provide space for three permanent full-time workers and offer welfare facilities to tanker drivers before and after their shift.

An objector to the plans, who works for a company based along Crittall Drive, raised concerns about the introduction of more HGV's and impact they may have on traffic in the area.

They said: "The access to Crittall drive is could be classed as satisfactory late night, however during the day is constantly blocked with lorries delivering, waiting to deliver or being used as a lorry-park, the yellow lines constantly being ignored and no enforcement of parking restrictions being made.

"This makes access to parking at our unit not easy due to position and volume of HGVs.

"Any additional traffic would acerbate this problem and make the loading to other businesses more even more of a restriction."

Despite the concerns, planning development manager Christopher Paggi approved the scheme, stating it would likely provide extra services to companies based at the industrial estate.